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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Women's Health in Focus

A healthy workforce is a productive workforce - that was the key message of a Women's Health Day seminar held at Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service headquarters.

The Service's commitment to investing in staff allows people to achieve both personal and career goals which help to create a united and motivated workforce.

"The day was a great success with all of the women gaining a greater understanding of how they can maintain good health at work."

Joanne Hammersley, Occupational Health Executive, Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service

The event, organised as part of the Service's Understanding People project, was attended by almost 50 per cent of the Service's female employees.

It examined various issues including occupational health, women's fitness, self examination and menopause.

Joanne Hammersley from Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service said: "The day was a great success with all of the women gaining a greater understanding of how they can maintain good health at work.

"A seminar on occupational health outlined the benefits of stress management while a talk on women's fitness described how exercise helps to reduce the risk of cancer, increase wellbeing and help to lose weight."

Guest speakers included Kathryn Colas, founder of Simplyhormones.com which provides support for women, medical professionals and businesses.

"She gave the audience a clear insight into the menopause and raised awareness of how to manage it," added Joanne.

Jane Kirby from Breast Screening Health Promotion (NHS) gave advice on self examination as well as practical and simple tips on how women should look after their breast health.

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is now planning to hold a similar session for its male workforce during a Men’s Health Day event later this year.